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Former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Is Dead At 95

(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)


Breaking Jamaican  News

Former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has died after a short illness.  This renowned freedom fighter was able to win power from white supremacists and gave black people some status in Rhodesia which had been ruled by a white minority government.  He was imprisoned by the whites for 10 years without a trial. Rhodesia was renamed Zimbabwe.

Confiscated Property

Mugabe decided to confiscate land and redistribute same to the landless masses.  This policy destroyed a vibrant economy and even today inflation is sky high.  To buy a loaf of bread is very costly. We do not support the confiscation of property,  but faced with such deprivation of the poor landless natives, Mugabe was forced to take action. This has proven to be the road not to have been taken in retrospect.

Coup

It was unfortunate that Robert Mugabe was overthrown by a coup in 2017 led by the army whom should have been a trusted associate.  Shameful!

Dictator 

Mugabe was labeled as a dictator for violating and brutally suppressing the political Opposition.  We condemn such alleged actions of dictatorship by him. If true this was disgraceful.

Hero

Despite Mugabe’s sins we still hail him as a hero and are saddened at his passing.  We note he has lived a relatively long life.  At 95 is not a long life to be scoffed at.  We say ride on your majesty to eternity.

Poetic perspective

We hail Mugabe as a hero …
You were imprisoned without trial
Denied due process from the legal vial
Yet you came, you saw, you conquered …

Today you should be honoured …
You suffered by Whites … yet conquered
Your total actions have not been perfect
But that does not make you a reject

Ride on your majesty …
As you head to eternity …
Your long inning had some mastery
As your soul now rise  definitely…

May the Angels come to greet you with a prize …
As you are ushered into Paradise …

by Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie, poet & satirist

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a veteran journalist and Senior International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper Canada.

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